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Karin Verzariu

Karin Verzariu

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With an extensive portfolio of luxurious custom-made furniture and accessories under their belt, it’s no surprise to hear that Black & Key’s Director, Karin Verzariu, is an award-winning designer and member of the British Institute of Interior Design. Famed for beautifully crafted pieces with selected veneers, complemented by imaginative and unique inlays and details, Verzariu has imbued her collection for homes, boutique hotels, private yachts and executive offices with her some 30 years’ experience. “Even when I was very young I seem to have been the person in the family who was always asked where to place a piece of furniture. I spent hours of my free time drawing plans for imaginary homes,” Verzariu explains. Having lived in New York – where she studied at the New York School of Interior Design – she has been inspired by it all over the years. But her home style, Verzariu says, “Is very relaxed. I do not follow the latest trend. We like comfort and space and light,” she explains. “Must haves are a luxurious bed, a roomy light bathroom and a kitchen with lots of storage areas and sufficient workspace to cook and prepare for informal dinners at home with friends.”

Human Inspiration

Sometimes inspired by a wonderful landscape and other times a glittering stream rushing through a peaceful forest, most of all Verzariu finds inspiration in human achievement. “The Great Wall of China; a wonderful speech – Dr. Martin Luther King's ‘I have a dream’ for instance; or a groundbreaking scientific breakthrough,” she says.

[Things I can’t live without at home] include the pictures I have been collecting since I was 16. I love works on paper, limited-edition prints, drawings, watercolours and gouaches.

Switched On

From bespoke sideboards to all kinds of tables and from chairs to beautiful mirrors, as well as such exquisite pieces Verzariu says “Creating the right level of light or the right mood for every use or occasion in every room” is equally as important in the home.

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